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Apple Is Already Getting Sued After Admitting It Slows Down Old iPhones
January 22 2018, 02:11 | Guillermo Bowen
Apple confirms software updates affected the performance of older iPhones
Pic: Getty ImagesTwo class action lawsuits have been launched against Apple in the United States following the tech giant's admission that it slows down older models of the iPhone as they age. Los Angeles residents, Stefan Bogdanovich and Dakota Speas have already filed a lawsuit with the U.S District Court for the Central District of California.
Both Bogdanovich and Speas apparently own an iPhone 7 and they claim their phone is running slow after the update to the latest version of iOS.
Apple has faced a lot of backlashes after it confirmed that they deliberately reduced the capacity and efficiency of the processors of older iPhones.
Apple never told customers that's what it was doing and now is facing trust issues from customers, along with a lawsuit.
Apple customers have long suspected the company of meddling with their devices: "Do you think that Apple is intentionally slowing down iPhone OS when a new model has been released?" a Yahoo Answers user asked in 2012.
'Last year we released a feature for iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE to smooth out the instantaneous peaks only when needed to prevent the device from unexpectedly shutting down during these conditions. The ability to renew your device through software is exactly why iPhone owners see their phone choice as a good investment and hold on to it. The iPhone 7 was first launched in September 2016, and was subject to Apple's throttling mechanism in iOS 11.2.
A separate lawsuit filed by five customers who live in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina, alleges that the tech giant "purposefully neglected to explain that the slowdowns in older model device performance and resulting lost or diminished operating performance could be remedied by replacing the batteries of these devices". Apple kept denying and well there was little fact to prove otherwise, until a couple of days ago when two GeekBench scores of a three year old iPhone 6 revealed that Apple was throttling the speed of the processor as the battery of the iPhone degraded with age. "But you could also just get a new battery for about $80".
Many experts have commented that Apple should have used alternative methods to deal with this issue, such as selling battery replacements kits or educating users about the downfalls of battery degradation.